The Sports Brothers
Ebony's dream came true
The Sports Brothers | 4/3/2014, 9 a.m.
In today's ever changing climate of the "me, me, me" athlete, every now and then you come across an athlete that despite it all, is not all about self. We all love the game winning home runs, the dramatic touchdowns and the buzzer beating three pointers. Those are the reasons we love sports and are often glued to our televisions. However, we also never get tired of what Lebron James accomplished this past weekend during a Miami Heat game in Milwaukee. James turned a high school basketball player’s dream into a reality — one that she will never ever forget.
Sixteen-year-old Ebony Nettles-Bey, has stage-four Rhabdomyosarcoma, a type of cancer in the soft tissues of her body. It all started back in February, theTwitter hashtag #LeBronMeetEbony was trending and the high school
basketball player from Madison, Wisconsin was invited to see the Miami Heat play against her hometown Milwaukee Bucks. Young Ebony is a huge Lebron fan and once he got wind of her story, well he decided to make her evening extra special indeed.
Before the game tipped off, a team rep for the Bucks walked out and told Nettles-Bey’s group that they would be he recipients of a nice dinner. Food, however, was not hat King James had in mind. Instead the 16-year-old girl was taken into the Heat’s locker room. Shortly after, she not only met her favorite basketball player, but the team also took it a step further and had Ebony lead them out onto the floor for their pre-game warmups.
“I was speechless. It was pretty exciting,” Nettles-Bey she told a local newspaper. I couldn’t say anything. I just started crying tears of joy . . . It meant everything to me.” It meant everything to her. While her life precariously hangs in the balance at least for a little while, she had a well deserved reprieve from the horrible wounds of cancer. She was in the NBA, alongside Lebron James. The two played around and joked with each other. James asked Ebony to show off her jump shot.
“I felt a lot of pressure to make one. I finally did — one out of four,” she said. “He said I couldn’t walk off the floor until I made a shot.”
James was himself in awe of Nettles-Bey, who continues to play on her school basketball team, despite her cancer. he praised her courage and expressed his amazement that she wanted to meet him.
“It was great to be around her, to see her enthusiasm and her fight,” he said. “She was out there like she doesn’t have anything wrong. So full of energy. She loves basketball. It’s keeping her going. It’s part of her life. I wanted to make something special happen for her."
Indeed you did make something special happen Lebron James. That is what we love about guys like King James, guys that are not always about self, about their brand or about the sport. There are many good guys in sports. Guys who frequently do what Lebron did sometimes without any fanfare at all. Guys like Alonzo Mourning, like Warrick Dunn too many to name really.
The truth is every time we hear a story like this it warms our collective hearts. So we simply wanted to acknowledge Lebron James today and say thank you. This may have been his finest assist.